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Update: UCLA announces Mora hiring

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UPDATED 1:43 p.m. ET: In a release, UCLA confirmed the hiring of Jim Mora as its next head coach.  An introductory press conference will be held early next week.

“I am proud to announce today that Jim Mora has accepted the position of head football coach at UCLA,” said athletic director (for now) Dan Guerrero in a statement. “He has been a head coach at the game’s highest level and has clearly demonstrated to me that he is hungry and eager to return to the sidelines.”

“As someone who has been around the game of football my entire life, I have always held the UCLA job in the highest esteem,” said Mora. “Given its location and its tradition, UCLA is truly a sleeping giant and I realize that an opportunity of this magnitude doesn’t present itself more than once in a career, so I jumped at the chance to be a Bruin.”

A teleconference involving Mora and Guerrero is expected to take place Saturday afternoon.

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Well, hiring your fourth choice is better than your fifth or sixth choice, right?

After being rebuffed by the likes of Boise State’s Chris Petersen, Houston’s Kevin Sumlin and Washington’s Steve Sarkisian, UCLA has finally found their replacement for Rick Neuheisel.  The Los Angeles Times is reporting, and the Orange County Register is confirming, that the Bruins have reached an agreement with former Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks head coach Jim Mora Jr. to become their next head football coach.

An announcement expected Saturday, with the introductory news conference to take place this coming week at an undetermined date and time.

The reports connecting Mora Jr. to the job began to pick up in earnest the middle of last week after the Bruins’ overtures to other candidates were summarily dismissed.

The only experience Mora Jr., who is currently a color analyst for FOX Sports NFL games, has at coaching at the collegiate level was at Washington way back in 1984.  And, as noted by the Times, Mora Jr. becomes the first head coach at UCLA since 1949 with no direct ties to the university, although his father Jim Mora Sr. was an assistant coach in 1974.

Mora Jr. last coached at any level in Seattle in 2009, when he was replaced by, oddly enough, Pete Carroll after he decided to leave the Bruins’ cross-town rivals USC for the NFL.

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16 Responses to “Update: UCLA announces Mora hiring”
  1. phillychzstk2012 says: Dec 10, 2011 9:38 AM

    shoulda been the Philadelphia Eagles DC…

  2. burntorangehorn says: Dec 10, 2011 10:26 AM

    Not a bad fit, and he has some connections to the school and area. As with any coach who goes to the college game from the NFL with little experience managing college players, Mora’s success is going to depend in part on having good personnel staff and assistant coaches who have strong skills in those areas.

  3. chc4 says: Dec 10, 2011 11:20 AM

    Mora is a complete and total boob. Awful at handling the media/criticism. He won’t last long at UCLA.

  4. uscatjerseyshore says: Dec 10, 2011 12:23 PM

    As a USC fan if this hiring turns out to be true I’m not at all unhappy.

  5. cfbfaninbadnfltown says: Dec 10, 2011 12:40 PM

    Another bad hire for the Bruins again. Here’s a guy that came into one of the most talented rosters in 2004 at Atlanta and over 3 yrs only managed 1 playoff win, his first year using someone else’s team, the rest is on him.

    I hope UCLA fans enjoyed that .500 season cause 2-3 yrs from now your going to be wishing you got that close to a winning record again.

  6. worldwidebleater says: Dec 10, 2011 1:58 PM

    Lane Kiffin in going to walk across town and punch him in the giblets.

  7. giantrobot666 says: Dec 10, 2011 2:02 PM

    This is a cruel joke.

  8. frankk12 says: Dec 10, 2011 2:02 PM

    GREAT choice. USC will continue to dominate.

  9. Brian Basher says: Dec 10, 2011 2:15 PM

    This is a GREAT hire at least now I don’t have to worry about my Miami Dolphins trying to hire him as their next head coach. Thank you UCLA!!

  10. stockdogdca says: Dec 10, 2011 3:36 PM

    If he can recruit like Pete Carrol did to resurrect the Trojans then he will be successful, if not then he’s “more meat for the grinder” as my Trojans beat him down. 50-0 blowouts aren’t any fun, maybe he can at least present a challenge for the thrill of competition. Good Luck !!

  11. tednancy says: Dec 10, 2011 4:12 PM

    Mora Jr. has a rotten temperament. His reign will be like life in the Middle Ages: nasty, brutish and short.

    Seriously, this is a man who has never been able to handle criticism. He has no sense of humor, is quick to take offense at any perceived slight, and has very little control over his emotions once he feels someone has crossed him.

    I predict that the Jim Mora Jr. era will be short and end badly. Bad hire by UCLA.

  12. thegonz13 says: Dec 10, 2011 4:26 PM

    Playoffs? Are you kidding me? Playoffs?

  13. realfootballfan says: Dec 10, 2011 4:57 PM

    Hey, before you knock them hiring their 4th choice, it worked out well about 10 years ago for their crosstown rivals in a similar spot.

    Very similar circumstances with both reaching out for a former pro guy who might not have been cut out for the pro level, but who no one would question their x’s and o’s expertise. Let’s just see what kind of staff he puts together and recruits he can get.

  14. mistrezzrachael says: Dec 10, 2011 5:25 PM

    He’d do much better at UCLA, as head cheerleader coach..He’s not a good football coach, having FAILED everywhere he’s been…BADLY

  15. trbowman says: Dec 10, 2011 8:50 PM

    I don’t have to listen to him in the booth anymore. Thank you UCLA.

  16. vols84 says: Dec 12, 2011 7:24 AM

    No more cheesy Coors Light commercials?

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